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FDA Warns Consumers To Stay Away From Ear Candles

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has warned three large manufacturers to stop marketing ear candles and has posted a consumer warning on its web site.  The warning page states that during the past decade, the FDA has received reports of burns, punctured eardrums, and blockage of the ear canal that required outpatient surgery. An… Continue Reading

Public Citizen Warns Of The Dangers Of Savella

A few months ago, we published blog posts on the dangers of Yaz birth control pills.  We also pointed out that Public Citizen, a consumer rights group based in Washington, D.C., had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to remove the medication from sale.  According to another recent petition the consumer group sent the FDA,… Continue Reading

Drugs Used In Preparation For A Colonoscopy Alleged To Cause Kidney Damage

A lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical company Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Salix”) alleging that its OsmoPrep medication, used to cleanse the intestines in preparation for a colonoscopy, causes kidney damage.  The lawsuit filed on behalf of four individuals alleges that the plaintiffs sustained a variety of serious kidney injuries, including acute phosphate nephropathy, and that… Continue Reading

FDA Initiates Safety Review Of Weight Loss Medication Alli And Xenical

On August 24, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued an “Early Communication” to inform the public about concerns related to the weight loss medication, Orlistat, and potential injury to the liver. The FDA announced there were 32 reports of liver injury suspected to be associated with the use of Orlistat between 1999 and 2008.  The… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (“ISMP”) recently reported that consumers were swallowing Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter (“OTC”) product that must be used topically.  Orally ingesting the product can cause serious adverse reactions, including death, burning of the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting, irritability, confusion,… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Recall Regarding Children’s Face Paint

On May 12, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a consumer alert advising consumers to stop using certain cosmetic “Face Paint” items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., due to adverse event reports of skin reactions in children. Adverse reactions included rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Consumers To Stop Using Hydroxycut Products

In a post published back in January 14, 2009, this blog discussed the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) had identified a number of weight loss products as containing potentially dangerous ingredients. Recent events have shown the warnings to be justified. The FDA has warned consumers to immediately stop using the Hydroxycut line of… Continue Reading